What is the Census?

  •  The U.S. Census is a once-in-a-decade event. In fact, it is the federal  government's largest operation outside of the military. Come spring  2020, we want to make sure that every household in Harper Woods is prepared  to participate in the Census.
  • The Framers of the U.S. Constitution chose population to be the basis  for sharing political power, not wealth or land. A census aims to count  the entire population of a country, and at the location where each  person usually lives. The census asks questions of people in homes and  group living situations, including how many people live or stay in each  home, and the sex, age, and race of each person. The goal is to count  everyone once, only once, and in the right place.
  • Today, the U.S. Census is still used primarily for population counts,  but is also used to aid in the allocation of over $400 billion of  federal funds, as well as gathering data and statistics that are useful  to a wide array of public and private institutions.

2020 U.S. Census

  With the 2020 U.S. Census coming up in April of 2020,  the City of Harper Woods wants to make sure that all of its residents are prepared to participate. 

Get counted! 

What Will Be Asked?

 The 2020 Census will ask the following questions: 


  • How many people are living or staying at your home on April 1, 2020.
  • Whether the home is owned or rented.
  • About the sex of each person in the household.
  • About the age of each person in the household.
  • About the race of each person in the household.
  • About whether a person in the household is of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.
  • About the relationship of each person in the household to one central person.

The Census Bureau will never ask you for your Social Security number,  money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party, your bank  or credit card account numbers.

Census Timeline


  • January 2020: The Census Bureau begins counting the population in remote Alaska.
  • April 1, 2020: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this  date, households will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020  Census. You'll then have three options for responding: online, by mail,  or by phone.
  • April 2020: Census takers begin following up with  households around selected colleges and universities. Census takers also  begin conducting quality check interviews.
  • May 2020: The Census Bureau begins following up with households that have not responded.
  • December 2020: The Census Bureau delivers apportionment counts to the president.